Ask the Doctor
Craig A. Kraffert, M.D. is a board certified dermatologist with degrees in biochemistry and cell biology.
He graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine with honors and studied dermatology at the University of Miami.
Dr. Kraffert implemented this website so that everyone might have access to quality products and accurate
Note: Dr. Craig's busy schedule has made it difficult for him to respond regularly to questions sent via the internet. However, DermStore is pleased to announce that one of our trained and board certified estheticians, Meagan, is now available to answer your beauty and skin care questions.
Have a question? Ask your skincare and beauty questions here »
Search the Skin Care Question Database
We have compiled a database of many common skin care questions,
use this tool to help find the answer to your question.
I have developed a bunch of under eye pimples over the years. i am currently 16 years old. There beginning to be very noticeable , but there not huge! I find them very annoying and i really want to get rid of them because they make me look older than i appear to be. My dermo prescribed retin A and Ive been using it for 3 months and so far no luck. It looks like I'm getting wrinkles now. Do you have any idea of what this is or how i can get rid of it? Also i do have a keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms (a lot of it) Do you think its keratosis?
Please help me out here :( |
It sounds like you have milia, commonly known as whiteheads. It's quite common to get them in the eye area and they tend to stick around if they do accumulate in this area. I suggest you have them professionally removed by a dermatologist in your local area. A dermatologist will remove them with a lancet, a specific tool used to remove such lesions. I would also recommend incorporating an eye cream into your daily regimen to assist with fine lines and wrinkles. Consider Kinerase Intensive Eye Cream or PCA Skin EyeXcellence - pHaze 12. Best skin care wishes. |
Can you explain to me how an eyebrow filler like SmartBrow is better than a pencil or powder? |
SmartBrow Eyebrow Filler is unlike other forms of brow makeup because it binds hair-like fibers to your existing brows, creating results that look realistic--like your own brows, but fuller and thicker-looking (not to mention better-shaped). Traditional brow makeup tends to look "overdone" because it generally entails drawing color on the skin.
Another great thing about SmartBrow? It stays in place until you wash it off. Even if you work out and get sweaty it will not run. It's safe for all skin types and comes in several shades, too.
||Sensitive Skin Plagued By Dark Spots|
| ||I get eczema breakouts on my face and my skin is very sensitive. Post flareup, I get an acne breakout. The cosmedicine line has been the best I've found and seems to decrease the eczema flare ups and break outs. I have to use additional moisturizer though, or I get tight and very dry. My big issues of late are the dark spots that have developed on my cheeks and the loss of tone I have noticed. I am now 41 and used to look younger than my years. Now my face is cathing up to the calendar I would like to use something to lighten the dark spots and increase my skin's elasticty that won't eat my face off. Suggestions?
||Best Day Moisturizer|
| ||What is a good moisturizer to wear during the day? I have tried numerous moisturizers but they leave my face looking oily and shiny, as well as break out. Shouldn't the moisturizer also contain an SPF? Should a primer be used with the day moisturizer as well or be worn alone?
| ||I am a 30 year old who wants to prevent fine lines and wrinkles (which have already started to crop up). Which antioxidant do you recommend? What are the most important ingredients? Thanks.
||Need A Good Sunscreen|
| ||I've been using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Deep foaming cream and toner for two weeks now and I'm loving the result. No more breakouts! Before this I've been a clinique fan for 4 yrs and all of a sudden I got onset of adult acne so I switched everything. I would like some advice on which type of sunscreen I could use with my effaclar that I can wear alone even without moisturizer and won't cause breakouts.
||Skin Care While On Chemotherapy|
| ||Please recommend a facial cream or moisturizer for use while under going chemo-therapy treatments.
||Under Eye Area|
| ||I'm over 50 and have seasonal allergies. I need a product to ease under eye puffiness, lines and wrinkles. I have used may product in the past and cannot remember the last time I purchased one more than once. I have used Kinerase Under Eye Rescue without results, and I am currently using Strivectin SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles and I'm not impressed with it either. Is there any product that actually works?
| ||What are the negative side affects of Smartlash?
||Growth Factor Media|
| ||Hi, I'm wanting to try a new skincare line. I'm interested in Skinmedica, but don't understand what human growth factors are. Can you help me with that? Also, which would you recommend between a Skinmedica serum or CE Ferulic? I'm currently using the Skinmedica retinol product. Thank you,
| ||What I cream do you personally use?
| ||Is smartlash washed off each night like you do with regular mascara? Is soap and water the best to use?
| ||What is the best product to use on facial brown spots caused from sun damage.
| ||What is the product for eye lashes that give the best growth potential (growing lashes longer)
||Puffy Morning Eyes|
| ||I wake up with puffiness under my eyes. What do you recommend?
| ||I use Tretinoin .1% at night. What are good moisturizers for day and night?
||WHAT PRODUCT TO USE???|
| ||I am 44 yrs old, have used every anti-aging product on the market, have had 1 basal cell carcinoma on my face, with 2 other AK's. Just had photo-dynamic therapy (laser) on my left side of face and was given CERAVE products to use. I love them. But what I want to know is it worth me using these products now or should I go back to using anti-aging products?? My Derm told me it was my choice (that didn't help me).
More Questions »
The information provided by DermStore.com and ReddingDermatology.com
is intended solely for educational purposes. This information is not to be used for medical diagnostic
purposes and is not intended to serve as a recommendation for treatment and/or management of any
medical/surgical condition. Most of all, this information should not be used in place of a physician or
other qualified health provider. If you believe you have a medical condition, please contact your